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The Lord of the Flies: Good vs. Evil
The constant struggle for survival of the young boys in The Lord of the Flies ultimately results in innocence transforming into savagery. There is an on going battle between good and evil which has always been the focus of William Golding’s works.
“Stung by what he considers an unreal view of life, the novelist is too magnanimous to stop at exposing the faults of another, but goes on...to tell the truth” (Cook 173). In this novel, Golding uses intense imagery to “undermine our naive faith in the moral progress we like to read into modern social society” (Baker 175). In all of Golding’s novels, he has a message or moral that he tries to get across to the reader. In Lord of the Flies Golding tries to put the reader into a different world, “the intention is to undermine our naive faith in the moral progress we like to read into modern social history... We are urged to recognize that ‘human nature’ is dynamic and capable of extraordinary transformations which may result in social good or ill” (Baker 175).
Piggy is incessantly used as a symbol of what is good and moral. During his death, he is portrayed even as a righteous symbol of Christ. He is the representative of all things acceptable and lawful.
“The death of Piggy is an emblem of the Fall--the later reference to it makes that interpretation indisputable. But the power of Mr. Golding’s art depends also upon the show--the shown significance of the ‘grunt’ (which ‘means’ more than the author’s clever sneer), the smashed conch and split brains.... The alert pupil is expected to register through those carefully presented symbols the ultimate fragility of the boys’ tenuous grasp on sense, order and legitimate behaviour. That the falling Piggy, representative of intelligence and the rule of law, is an unsatisfactory symbol of fallen man” (Capey 177).
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Fiction, Literature, English-language films, Allegory, Lord of the Flies, William Golding, Good and evil
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